2017’s been quite a year!
Ignoring all the other events that have taken place in 2017, it’s been quite a year for Sailor Moon. The series celebrated its 25th anniversary this year – making it a quarter-century old – and now has a significant number of fans that weren’t even born until after the series first debuted.
As someone who’s been a fan of the series for 20 of those 25 years, I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this amazing and active fan community.
To commemorate the end to such an exciting year, today we’re going to take a behind-the-scenes look at what 2017 was like for Tuxedo Unmasked. It’s been a great year, so let’s celebrate it together!
“That’s no moon, it’s a…” Sailor Soldier
Remember that time that Usagi sang about beautiful corpses, painful tattoos, and wanting to control your lover until every little breath of theirs belongs to you? Of course you do, because how could you possibly forget Moon Revenge, the bizarre ending theme to the Sailor Moon R movie.
But like most things that get lost in translation, these sort of thing can make at least a little more sense when looked at in the proper context. And today, that’s what we’re going to talk about!
If you’ve ever been up late at night fretting over lovely corpses and engraved tattoos, this one’s for you!
Wait, which one is it Haruka?!
While I’m sure I’ve made quite a reputation for myself about being a stickler for the every little tiny detail in the Sailor Moon universe, I’m just going to say up front that I find it absolutely absurd that fans even argue about this.
And argue they do! As someone who’s been a part of the Sailor Moon internet community since the late 90s, I can say that I’ve seen this argument come and go since the earliest days of the fandom.
So, since this is a question I see from time to time in my inbox and DMs, I figure it’s time I throw in my 2.27 yen! What is the correct spelling?
This can’t be normal
While most of the Sailor Soldiers don’t seem to show any sort of magical aptitude outside of their post-henshin’d form, Rei (and, okay, Hotaru) is unique in that she has supernatural abilities even in her “normal” form. After all, shortly after Rei’s first appearance in the manga we’re already given accounts of her having mysterious powers.
And that’s saying nothing of her fire reading abilities or stunning people with ofuda in both the anime and manga.
So we’re gonna take a look at the interesting possibility that this may be at least somewhat attributable to Rei being part demon. How, you ask? Read on and find out!
Oh, Naoko, you and your jokes…
If we were to sit here and talk about everything I love about Ms. Takeuchi and her work on Sailor Moon, we’d probably be here for quite awhile. Since we neither have that kind of time, nor is anyone really interested in reading my open love letter to the creative force behind this series, I’ll spare you.
But there is one point that I’d like to highlight today, and that’s how often she was willing to step outside her comfort zone to try new things with her characters, both in her art and in her storytelling.
Today we’re going to take a look at when Naoko branched out into comedy strips starring our favorite soldiers of love and justice! If that interests you, stick around!
The Silver Moon Castle Millennium Kingdom
To all the Super Sailor Moon super fans out there, let me first apologize for the how seemingly obvious the question seems to be. Off hand, the Silver Millennium is the time in which the empire ran, and the Moon Kingdom is the empire itself.
But I wouldn’t be here today talking about this if the answer was so simple, now would I?
Stick around, because we have some interesting stories to tell today!
The Amazoness Quartet
Well, here we are! We’ve finally made it to the exciting climax (??) of the three-part series into where the Lemures get their names.
Today, we’ll be talking about the Lemures that served under the Amazoness Quartet and, I have to admit, the names are quite a challenge to describe!
Since we’ve got a lot to discuss, let’s just dive right in!